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by Buchanan J


Familial and constitutional delay are due to the child's genetic make-up. If both parents are shorter than average, the child will most likely have short stature. The child may also have delayed puberty. This may cause temporary short stature, but normal height will eventually be reached.
Medical conditions that may contribute to short stature, include:


Children with familial short stature do not require treatment. For others, treatment will focus on the cause of short stature. Treatments can vary greatly, but may include medication or nutritional changes.


Medications that may be used to treat associated conditions include:
If a medication is associated with short stature, you may be advised to stop taking the medication. Make sure to talk to your doctor before stopping any medication.

Improved Nutrition

Malnutrition can contribute to short stature. It may be due to a lack of proper food or other conditions like gastrointestinal problems. In either case, a change in diet may help. Talk to your doctor or dietitian to help make effective changes to your child's diet.


Human Growth Foundation

The MAGIC Foundation



HealthLink BC

Little People of British Columbia: Society for Short Stature Awareness



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Short stature. Pediatric Orthopedic Society of North America website. Available at: Accessed June 3, 2014.

When a child is unusually short or tall. American Academy of Pediatrics' website. Available at: Updated May 28, 2014. Accessed June 3, 2014.


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